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$4.6-billion, 33km Eglinton LRT gets final go-ahead

The proposed $4.6-billion Eglinton light rapid transit line, part of the Transit City plan whose funding is currently in dispute with the province, cleared its last significant administrative hurdle last week when it got its notice to proceed from the Minister of the Environment.

"He's identified that there are no provincial concerns in terms of heritage culture and aboriginal rights," says Ryan Bissonnette, a spokesperson for Transit City at the TTC.

There had been concerns in those areas raised by members of the public, though the details of them were never released to the TTC.

Metrolinx, the provincial agency responsible, had given its official go ahead to the line on May 19.

The line, which will run 33km from Kennedy station to Pearson Airport, is budgeted to cost $4.6 billion and is currently scheduled for completion in 2020. More than 10 kilometres of the line, between Brentcliff and Black Creek, will be underground.

Construction is expected to start in 2011, with preliminary works, such as the relocation of utility poles and wires, starting several months before that.

Writer: Bert Archer
Source: Ryan Bissonnette

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